Vivo Nex 3 Is Now Official w/ Snapdragon 855 Plus and Virtual Buttons

By Anil Ganti  / 

A few weeks ago, we got our first look at the Vivo Nex 3 5G courtesy of a YouTube video. The reveal didn't get into the specs of the device, and it merely guided us through some of the features the phone had to offer. Today, Vivo officially announced the Nex 3 and Nex 3 5G variants of the smartphone. Let's take a look at some of the device specifications.

Vivo Nex 3 5G Will Reportedly Feature a 64MP Camera and 120W Charging

Vivo is releasing two versions of the Nex 3, both of which run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and have a vapor chamber cooling system. The 4G variant will ship with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage while the 5G variant will ship with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The battery capacity is 4,500mAh and supports Super FlashCharge 44W fast charging. And, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor too.

As revealed earlier, the Vivo Nex 3 comes with a 6.8-inch inch 1440p super AMOLED panel. It is curved around the edges and follows the same design principles of their earlier 'waterfall' style displays. Vivo calls it a 'Waterfall FullView Display' and claims that the Nex 3 has a screen-to-body ratio of 99.6%. Another interesting design choice Vivo incorporated into Nex 3 is the lack of physical buttons. The power buttons and volume rockers are now fully digital and use what Vivo calls Touch Sense. The company claims that the buttons 'feel like the real thing' and use haptic feedback to emulate the sensation of pressing a physical button. There is also the feature called X-Axis Haptic that claims to provide a more comfortable vibration while playing games, typing, and other scenes.

Moving on to the primary camera; the Vivo Nex 3 has a three-sensor setup. The primary lens is a 64-megapixels Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor, and it is assisted by a telephoto and wide-angle each, both 13-megapixels. The front camera is a pop-up selfie unit with a 16-megapixel module. The cameras come with Vivo's Portrait Master’s Hyper HDR, which claim to increase the dynamic range accuracy between a user’s face and the background’s brightest spot.

Vivo Nex 3 Pricing and availability

The Vivo Nex 3 series will be available in the coming months in Asia Pacific, Southeast China, and some other markets. A U.S release seems unlikely at this time. The base variant costs CNY 4,998 ($707/€641) with 8 GB RAM, 128 GB storage and a 4G modem. The 5G-enabled variant will with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will set you back by CNY5,698 ($810/€730), while the most powerful 12/256 GB Vivo NEX 3 5G will cost CNY6,198 ($877/€800). Pre-orders begin today, and the phone will start shipping out next week.

Prima facie, the hardware on the Vivo Nex 3 looks powerful. It's about as good as it gets for a 2019 flagship and even throws in the waterfall display for extra immersion. I'm not a fan of FunTouch OS (its not fun to touch at all) and virtual buttons, but the device does offer some beefy specs for a reasonable price.

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